Arrests in Hong Kong after shark fin and seahorse imports from Indonesia worth HK$420,000 seized

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Two company directors from Hong Kong have been arrested by custom officers on suspicion of smuggling 360kg (794lbs) of dried shark fins and seahorses into the city from Indonesia.

A shipping container said to contain fish maw was selected for inspection during a risk assessment at Kwai Chung port on Monday after the consignment arrived from Indonesia.

Officers at the Customshouse Cargo Examination Compound seized 140kg of suspected dried seahorses and 220kg of dried shark fins, according to the Customs and Excise Department.

The haul had an estimated market value of HK$420,000 (US$53,520).

Officers arrested a 64-year-old male director and a 63-year-old female director of a Sheung Wan dried seafood shop on Wednesday. Both are suspected to be involved in the case, the department said in a statement.

The pair were released on bail pending further investigations.

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Source: www.scmp.com

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